Teaching is at the very core of our Holy Cross tradition of academic excellence. 

Students benefit from an active and rigorous learning environment that is constantly refined toward a common goal — to inspire to think, learn and grow beyond expectations.

Our History

Established in 1991, the Center for Teaching Excellence grew from the desire to continually elevate the learning experience for students at St. Edward’s. Through the center, faculty members come together to share ideas and strategies for successful teaching. They learn practical and inventive ways to improve teaching methods and respond to the various learning needs of students.

Our Mission

The Center for Teaching Excellence promotes effective, innovative, inclusive, and evidence-based college teaching that fosters sustained learning. The Center cultivates a campus culture that values diverse approaches to learning and teaching. It supports faculty in enhancing pedagogical practices and facilitates the exchange of ideas and development of community among faculty.  

Upcoming Events

Our Goals

The Center for Teaching Excellence focuses on a variety of activities designed to support our mission, which include:

  • Advancing new initiatives in teaching and learning
  • Supporting effective and innovative teaching that enables student learning
  • Facilitating a culture of continuous teaching improvement
  • Building communities of teaching and learning across campus
  • Providing support for faculty at all stages of their St. Edward's career
  • Recognizing excellence in teaching

Teaching Support Archive of recordings and slides for all CTE and Instructional Technology co-hosted events, as well as additional curated resources.

Director and Advisory Board


Jennifer Jefferson is the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. She comes to this role after being a Visiting Assistant Professor in University Studies at St. Edward's University. Previously, she taught at The University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University. Her educational background is in American Studies and Cultural Studies in Education.

She is committed to providing programming and support that is responsive to the St. Edward's community, and she collaborates across campus to address the complex needs of faculty at a liberal arts university. Some of her areas of interest include inclusive course development, reflective practice, and peer learning communities.

Administrative Coordinator

Juanita Servín

Advisory Board

Alex Barron, Associate Professor of University Studies

Kerrie Taylor, Assistant Professor of Counseling

Stephen King, Professor of Communication

Kate Lopez, Assistant Professor of Accounting

Mity Myhr, Professor of History

Paul Walter, Associate Professor of Mathematics


The Center for Teaching Excellence offers a variety of programs to improve teaching at the university, including:

2022-2023 Full Event Schedule

Faculty Resources for 2022 to 2023

To help faculty prepare for teaching in this new environment, the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Office of Information Technology will continue to offer guidance and host workshops to help faculty develop and teach courses, whether they are face-to-face, hybrid or online, as well as prepare for the possible contingency of going remote again.

To help keep track of events and information, we offer the following resources:

  • Google Drive archive of recordings and slides for all CTE and Instructional Technology co-hosted events, as well as additional curated resources.
  • Shared Google Calendar with all events related to teaching support, which you can add to your own calendar. Please subscribe to the Teaching Support Events calendar and RSVP to upcoming events. Note: You must subscribe with your St. Edward’s Gmail account.
  • Teaching Forum Closed Workplace Group for faculty to promote conversation and sharing so we can help each other prepare.

​As additional reminders, each event will be posted to the university calendar and to Workplace a few days in advance of the workshop. We hope this approach is helpful to you as we try to manage our summer course design processes and teaching.

Living Out Our Mission: Increasing Our Knowledge and Building a More Inclusive Hilltop
    A Faculty DEI Series
Sponsored by the Faculty Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Office and the Center for Teaching Excellence

Wednesday, September 28th at 2:00 pm in Holy Cross Hall 105
Developing a Framework for Understanding Social Identity

Thursday, October 27th at 12:30 pm in Holy Cross Hall 105
Reflecting on Your Identities and Actions


We all want to create inclusive and welcoming spaces for our students, colleagues, and community members. However, we might need support to be equipped to create and sustain these spaces. Join us for this series that will help faculty members refine a conceptual framework, reflect on their identities, and increase their ability to act.


Podcasts and Coffee
Pick a series that fits into your schedule:
First Wednesday of the month at 1:00 pm (virtual)
Sep. 7
Oct. 5 
Nov. 2
Dec. 7

First Thursday of the month at 3:30 pm (In person)--HCH 105 or outside 
Sep. 8
Oct. 6 - Outdoors
Nov. 3 
Dec. 1


Zoom meeting: https://stedwards.zoom.us/j/91572561087?pwd=c0dLR3FKNG1uSXpDNUdHZU1XTUxjdz09

Each month, we will listen to an episode of a podcast and come together to discuss the episode (much like we have done with Books and Coffee or different book groups). The goal of this gathering is to engage with scholarship on teaching and learning and talk with colleagues from across campus. Join us!

*The first Thursday meeting will be on the 8th


Read. Try. Chat. SoTL in Action: Illuminating Critical Moments of Practice
Third Friday of the Month at noon* (in person)--HCH 105
Sep. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 9

The Library has the text available; limited paper copies will be purchased, too.

We're bringing this reading and action group back for the fall semester. This "SoTL {Scholarship of Teaching and Learning} primer" provides both a discussion of what SoTL is and highlights what that scholarship may look like in a variety of disciplines. If you are interested in researching teaching practices, this text (and discussion group) could be very helpful in developing a project. This semester, the goal with this group is to have community support as you think through developing a teaching-and-learning-related research project of your own.

* The last Friday meeting will be on December 9th rather than the 16th


Take a Break(from grading, planning, etc.) and Chat
Wednesday, September 14th from 10:00-12:00--Lawn in-between Holy Cross Hall and Ragsdale

Join us at an informal check-in. There will be tables set up outside of Holy Cross Hall (in between the building and the seal), and we will chat with colleagues from across campus before heading back to planning/grading/teaching. We'll have drinks and snacks.


Teaching Symposium 2022
Sustainable Teaching
Thursday, August 18, 9 am-3:00 pm Fleck Hall

Each year, the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Symposium Planning Committee organize an on-campus conference on teaching and learning at St. Edward’s.The conference is planned by St. Edward’s faculty, presentations are proposed and led by St. Edward’s faculty, and it is widely attended by both adjunct and tenure-track faculty as well as administrators and staff.

Here is the schedule for the 2022 Teaching Symposium. Join us for a day of discussion and collaboration!

See the below link for RSVP information.



New Faculty Orientation
Monday, August 15, 8:30 am-3:00 pm, Fleck 305

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching Excellence at St. Edward’s University are happy that you are joining our community. 

Here is our agenda for the day; please note that you will need to sign in with your St. Edward's credentials to access the material.

This orientation should help you get settled into your faculty role at St. Edward's University and will introduce you to new faculty colleagues, as well as colleagues from across campus. We aim to have an engaging day, full of conversation and support. Please let us know if you will be able to join us: Orientation RSVP.

Previous CTE Program Schedules:


Teaching Awards and Innovation Fellows

Teaching Awards

Given annually, teaching excellence awards at St. Edward's University honor faculty for their exceptional talents and dedication to promoting learning in meaningful, engaging and innovative ways. The selection process is rigorous, evaluating candidates' course offerings, curricular designs, instructional methods, classroom performances, and interactions with students.

Four awards are given annually:

2020-2021 Teaching Winners

Kathleen Brown
Kathleen Brown
Sister Donna Jurick 
Distinguished Career Award


Joyce Aldridge
Joyce Aldridge
Outstanding Teaching Award
Bilal Shebaro
Bilal Shebaro
Distinguished Teaching Award
Emma Woelk
Emma Woelk
Distinguished Teaching Award 
Dann Glenn
Daniel Glenn
DeLayne Hudspeth Award




Innovation Fellows

Innovation fellowships support faculty who need time, resources and expertise to include pedagogical experimentation in their courses by providing a stipend, participation in the Innovation Institute, and a community of faculty fellows focused on pedagogical innovation.

Learn about our Innovation Fellows and their projects

Read about past fellows.

Hudspeth Award for Innovative Instruction

Delayne Hudspeth, retired professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Instructional Technology at the University of Texas, was a mentor to several St. Edward's faculty members and scores of other master's and doctoral students. Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, Dr. Hudspeth's contributions to innovation in higher education are honored by this award. 

The CTE would like to invite you to apply for the Delayne Hudspeth Award for Innovative Instruction. The award, open to all who teach, including full-time (tenure-track and non-tenure-track), part-time, adjunct, and staff who teach, is determined by a panel representing schools across campus and carries a $500 stipend. The application is a Google Form and is due March 11, 2022. Please see below for more details.

Delayne Hudspeth Award for Innovative Instruction 
Deadline: March 11, 2022
Application Form

Who can apply: This award recognizes St. Edward’s instructors who create innovative learning environments and projects. All teaching faculty members -- including full-time (tenure-track and non-tenure-track), part-time, adjunct, and staff who teach -- are encouraged to apply. Previous Award winners will be considered for the Hudspeth Award five years after their previous win.

What projects are eligible: Self-nominations should highlight a specific project, an assignment or exercise, a teaching method, a new use of technology, or the redesign of an entire class.

Instructors may apply for the award based on an innovation implemented in any of the three years previous to the application deadline. For this year's award, projects implemented in any of the following semesters will be eligible:

  • Academic year 2018-2019, including Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019
  • Academic year 2019-2020, including Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020
  • Academic year 2020-2021, including Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021
  • Fall 2021

What should the application highlight: Since this award celebrates innovation, preference will be given to projects that demonstrate the greatest levels of innovation and that clearly present the value of that innovation for student learning. Note that the committee does not equate innovation with adoption of new technologies. While some winning projects have featured new uses of technology, many have not.  Please review the Google form before you start crafting your application, as it will help guide you in showcasing your project.

When do you need to submit the application: Please fill out the Google Form by end of the day on Monday, March 11, 2022.

How will a winner be determined: The winner and finalist for the award will be decided upon by the members of Hudspeth Awards Committee. The committee is comprised of representatives from across the university's schools. Applications are blind-reviewed, scored according to the selection criteria, and then discussed until the committee achieves consensus. 

Questions? If you have any questions about the award or would like to discuss your application, please contact Jennifer Jefferson jennej@stedwards.edu. Jennifer facilitates the award process, but is not a voting member.